Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest

Things to see and do

A den built from fallen branches in the Forest

50 Things to do before you're 11¾ at Hatfield Forest 

With lots of open space and woodland to explore at our special place we're perfect for kick starting your 50 Things adventure. Here are our top ten activities to get you started.

A footpath heading off in to the Forest

Hatfield Forest Trails 

Explore the further reaches of Hatfield Forest by following one of our themed trails. Whilst the main focus is on natural history, there is also some regular history to discover. If you are lucky, you may spot fallow deer in the more remote areas.

An Every Step Counts ‘red’ route in winter

Every Step Counts - Summer update 

The summer months allow the many of the footpaths made muddy by the winter rains to dry out and recover. It also shows us where the damage is more long term.

Horse chestnuts coming into leaf in early Spring, The Warren

Things to see - Special Trees 

As you walk through the Forest, especially in the central lake area, take a closer look at the trees and you will be surprised by the variety of trees - no boring monoculture here.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Night Hike

Wed 26 Oct 2016
Join us for a nature walk at night.

Deer Rut Walk for Adults 2016

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Up at the crack of dawn for a fascinating journey into the secretive world of the fallow deer during their rutting season. Learn how to track and stalk in silence. Bring your camera!

Deer Rut Walk for Families 2016

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Catch a fascinating glimpse of the secret world of fallow deer.
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

 National Trust Warden rounding up sheep near Forest Lodge at Hatfield Forest, Essex.

Our work 

Find out more about the many different types of conservation work we undertake in the Forest.

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Learning at Hatfield Forest